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ALT Software to deliver OpenGL SC and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for the ATI Radeon E4690

ALT Software, the leading provider of advanced graphics software for safety-critical embedded systems, today announced its commitment to deliver DO-178B certifiable OpenGL drivers for the ATI Radeon™ E4690, AMD’s newest high performance embedded graphics accelerator. As part of its commitment to AMD’s Embedded GPU roadmap, ALT Software will be delivering both OpenGL SC (Safety Critical) and OpenGL ES 2.0 support for the ATI Radeon E4690.

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LG Electronics licenses ARM OpenGL ES and OpenVG conformant technology

LG Electronics will use the ARM11™ MPCore™ multicore processor to provide flexible and cost effective processing in next generation DTVs and will enable LG Electronics to target a range of platforms with the same architecture simply by implementing single or multiple SMP cores. Using the ARM Mali™-200 and Mali-400 MP graphics processors will open the path to true 1080p resolutions, affording consumers a home cinema experience that includes high-definition graphics, and vastly improving the browsing experience on DTV user interfaces. Mali GPU's deliver 2D and 3D graphics providing 4x and 16x full scene anti-aliasing (FSAA) without any noticeable drop in performance. Mali provides content developers with the state-of-the-art programmable features in OpenGL ES 2.0 and supports 2D scalable vector graphics through OpenVG for improved text, navigation, UI and web-browsing experiences.

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NVIDIA extends call for submissions at GPU developer summit deadline until June 30 2009

NVIDIA has extended the Call for submissions deadline to June 30th 2009. The GPU Developers Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels. Khronos has an overview of the event here, and the Call for Submissions page is here.

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GPU Developers Summit—tutorials, presentations on OpenCL and OpenGL

The GPU Developers Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU’s parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL™ and OpenGL.

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OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming Guide updated for iPhone 3G S

The sample code from the OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming Guide has been ported to run on the iPhone 3G S. There is also a new free e-Chapter on developing with OpenGL ES 2.0 for the iPhone 3G S. Both are available for download from the book website.

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VirtualBox 3.0 Beta introduces OpenGL 2.0 to Windows, Linux and Solaris guests

SunMicroSystems just released VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 1. New in this version is support for OpenGL ES 2.0 with Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual guests. The host OS must have OpenGL 2 capable hardware and drivers installed for this to work.

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ARM Mali GPUs Achieve Industry-Firsts With Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance For 1080p and Multicore

ARMs Mali-400 MP GPU is now the first and only multicore GPU to pass the rigorous conformance tests specified by The Khronos Group. The Mali-400 GPU has achieved Khronos conformance for all of the three major graphics APIs required by ARM Partners: OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. Conformance to the Khronos standards brings accredited Mali GPUs to multiple markets – from cellular handsets and personal navigation devices to digital TV, set-top box and digital picture frames.

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Apples Snow Leopard promises System Wide support for COLLADA

On the Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page, under System Wide Digital Asset Exchange support there is a easily overlooked mention of COLLADA. Users of COLLADA and the file format .dae will be please to see that Preview, OS X's lightway graphic viewer application, will display .dae files with OpenGL-powered 3D graphics. You will be able to zoom and rotate around a 3D scene and play viewpoint animations. There is a good discussion about this over at idevgames.com

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Could the iPhone Trip While Leaping Forward?

The new iPhone 3G S uses an incompatible graphics library from the previous phones. The iPhone 3G uses the OpenGL ES 1.1 library while the 3G S uses the OpenGL ES 2.0, and the two are not compatible as OpenGL ES 2.0 is a superset of 1.1. This was a deliberate decision by Khronos, so that it could make some large performance improvements. One of the biggest features is the addition of pixel shaders, which gives considerable flexibility in making 3D content. Both Jonathan Hirshon and Jon Peddie weigh in on why this move probably won't be a problem. Link to story in Japanese.

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Apple to release Snow Leopard with OpenCL in September 2009

Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, they would be releasing the next generation of operating system 'Snow Leopard' this coming September. Included in this major upgrade is the new OpenCL API.

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